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WHO OKs use of experimental drugs for Ebola patients in West Africa
WHO OKs use of experimental drugs for Ebola patients in West Africa

A World Health Organization panel advised Tuesday that it was ethical to use experimental, non-approved drugs to combat the Ebola virus in West Africa, and that five such treatments were being considered for “compassionate use.” “There was unanimous agreement among the experts,” said Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny, assistant director general of health systems and innovation at the WHO. “It is ethical.” Although previous outbreaks of Ebola have been contained using traditional methods of quarantine and infection tracking, the latest outbreak is unlike anything that has come before, Kieny said. With more than 1,000 deaths so far, the United Nations health...

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